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Sunday, September 24, 2006
Burglars hit N.C. Central's locker room during game

Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Burglars hit North Carolina Central University's locker room during the football team's game against Southern University.

"They just beat a very good football team. They should be excited, instead they are disappointed."
-- North Carolina Central SID Kyle Serba

Sneakers, money, football rings and electronics were taken from the facility, located about a fourth of a mile from A.W. Mumford Stadium, said Kyle Serba, sports information director for North Carolina Central.

The thefts occurred at some point during the game, which started at 6 p.m. and ended about 9 p.m.

"We were told by Southern University that the locker room was going to be secure," Serba said. "I don't see how this could have happened."

Southern Chancellor Edward Jackson said the university's police officers will work until they "get it resolved." No suspects were reported.

Jackson added that the locker room burglary should not reflect poorly on the university's efforts to increase security in and directly surrounding Mumford Stadium.

Southern University officials decided more than a week ago to increase security at its home football games in light of a shooting across the street from the stadium that left a 59-year-old Port Allen man dead. The shooting happened off-campus at a credit union during Southern's first home football game.

Everyone who walks into the stadium must pass through metal detectors while their bags and purses are searched. The new measures also eliminate tailgating in the stadium's south end zone.

North Carolina Central beat Southern 27-20.

"They just beat a very good football team," Serba said. "They should be excited, instead they are disappointed."